A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

Dat’s Reflections for May 1st, 2020

It will be very soon that most stores will take the temperature of their customers before anyone can enter. It will be part of the screening process the ensure the safety of everyone.

We screen or are screened more often in life than we actually know it. In Canada, when we get our driver’s license renewed, we are screened for unpaid traffic tickets and other offences. Screenplay writers will read novels and make that into different movie scenes that we see. We are screened by Border Security whenever we cross a border between two countries. When our teenage daughter brings a boy home, he will indeed be screened by mom and dad. Screening is our way to ensure meaning, safety, privilege, acceptance and compatibility.

In the language of the Bible, God will screen us by searching our hearts and discovering our anxious thoughts. The examination of one’s heart is a troubling business for many of us. The truth is that some of us might just be too chicken to act out our evil thoughts. God actually understands the anxiousness we have when that happens. God is in the business of restoring our broken and troubled heart because He desires to dwell within it. So the screening that God performs on our life is to go ahead with his plan for the rehabilitation of that life which now comes with the following features: meaning, safety, privilege, acceptance and compatibility. It is indeed a comprehensive rehab.

Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.